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1. Currency

Major foreign currencies that can be exchanged at banks, hotels and the airport include the US dollar, Japanese Yen, Euro, and UK sterling. Most hotels, restaurants, and shops accept major international credit cards including Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card, and JCB. Foreign-issued ATM cards may have limited use.

1 USD = 1163.4 KRW as of

2. ATM (Automated Teller Machines)

Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get a cash advance in Korea Won from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) installed at airports, major hotels, department stores, subway stations and tourist attractions. ATMs are in operation 24 hours a day. Most large stores, hotels and restaurants in Korea accept major international credit cards. However it is advisable to carry some cash, since many smaller establishments and stores are unlikely to accept credit cards.

3. Time

The Korean local time is 9 hours ahead of GMT with no daylight savings time.


4. Weather (Busan)

  • +20°C
  • Busan
  • 2016-05-08

5. International Call

International dialing code in Busan, Korea is +82-51(Area code).
Please omit (0) when dialing from overseas.

6. VAT

Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.

7. Tip & Tax

Tip Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive.

Tax Visitors can receive a VAT refund on a receipt for a minimum purchase of KRW 50,000 (around US$52). To receive this refund, present refund receipts with the purchased goods at the customs desk at the Incheon International Airport when departing. These receipts can be cashed in at the Cash Refund Office in front of the Airport Duty Free Shop.

8. Business hours

Government office hours are usually from 9:00 am to 06:00 pm on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Major stores are open every day from 10:30 am to 08:00 pm including Sundays.

9. Emergency number

(without an area code)
1339: Medical Emergency (provides interpretation services for English, Japanese and Chinese)
119: Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
112: Police
129: First Aid Services

10. Insurance

The Organizing Committee will take no liability for personal injuries sustained by, or for loss or damage to property belonging to congress participants, either during of as a result of the congress, It is, therefore, advised that participants arrange their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.

11. Useful Websites

• Haeundae Grand Hotel : http://www.haeundaegrandhotel.com/main.asp
• Dynamic Busan Tourism: http://etour.busan.go.kr/index.busan
• Busan Tourism Organization: http://bto.or.kr/renewal/main/main.php
• Incheon International Airport: http://www.airport.kr/pa/ko/d/index.jsp
• Kimpo International Airport: http://www.airport.co.kr/gimpo/main.do
• Gimhae International Airport: http://www.airport.co.kr/gimhae/main.do
• Korea Immigration Services: http://www.immigration.go.kr
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: http://www.mofat.go.kr
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